Foundation Scholarships

To help advance patient safety, the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) created the IAHCSMM Foundation, the Association's 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization. The IAHCSMM Foundation's primary mission is to provide valuable education and support to CS professionals through educational initiatives, research, scholarships, professional development grants and awards.

Betty Hanna Foundation Scholarship

2020 Scholarship Opportunity

The IAHCSMM Foundation has established a new scholarship on behalf of former Executive Director, Betty Hanna. Hanna was a true pioneer in the profession and served as Executive Director for 48 years. She was an integral part of IAHCSMM since its inception in 1958, and her more than 50 years' history with IAHCSMM was testament to her commitment to serving and supporting Sterile Processing professionals worldwide, and ensuring that the organization met and exceeded those professionals' ongoing needs on all fronts - from education to certification. She strongly encouraged individuals to continue their education and pursue professional advancement opportunities.

This scholarship will provide $2,000 in educational assistance to a student seeking to pursue a secondary or graduate degree in the healthcare field. The scholarship can be used toward tuition and/or course materials.

To apply, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a member of IAHCSMM;
  2. Be enrolled in an accredited program at time of application, and provide documentation of admission and recent transcript; and
  3. Have successfully completed at least one course (C or better) at time of application and show proof of completion (Required for Undergraduate applicants only).

Completed applications are due by 12pm CST on September 15, 2020. Selection reviews and candidate interviews will be completed by October, 2020.

For additional details, please see the pdfapplication form.

2020 Recipient

The IAHCSMM Foundation Board is pleased to announce that Kyree Thomas, MBA, CRCST, CIS, CER, CHL, Central Sterile Processing Manager at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, was selected as the recipient of the 2020 Betty Hanna Scholarship.

She holds a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management degree from Liberty University and is working to create positive change within the Sterile Processing profession.

The IAHCSMM Foundation established this scholarship in 2020 on behalf of IAHCSMM’s former Executive Director, Betty Hanna, who served in the role for 48 years. The scholarship provides $2,000 in educational assistance to a student seeking to pursue a secondary or graduate degree in the healthcare field.

This commitment to advancing Sterile Processing knowledge, skill sets and professionalism is why over 37,000 members and certificants rely on IAHCSMM to keep them sharp, focused and abreast of the very latest standards, best practices and technological advancements impacting the SP profession.

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